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Biology: Organismal Biology Emphasis

Degree or Minor: 
Undergraduate Degree
Green Concentration: 
No
UA College: 
Science
Degree Type: 
Bachelor of Science
Degree/Minor Description: 

The general biology program focuses on the history, development, and interaction of living organisms on this planet. It provides a broader background, covering molecular, cellular, physiological, ecological, and evolutionary biology. Majors also study species evolution, the effect of environmental pressures on evolution, patterns of biological diversity, and species interaction within a given ecosystem. Students emphasizing in the Organismal Biology emphasis will learn about genetics, how organisms function, and cellular and molecular biology. General biology prepares students for careers in a number of fields including field biology, environmental biology, physiology, botany, zoology, dentistry, and medicine.

Research Opportunities: 

Arizona Research Laboratories: ARL provides campus-wide service facilities for university researchers and faculty. It provides laboratories and core services in different scientific disciplines where students can volunteer or receive credit for their time. Be sure to click the link and see the variety of research options available. 

Biosphere 2: Biosphere 2 is owned by the University of Arizona and is an Earth systems science research facility that focuses on the Earth, its living systems, and sustainability. The facility is located in northern Tucson and serves as a center for research, outreach, and teaching.

BIO5 InstituteThe BIO5 Institute is at the leading edge of life sciences research, bringing together researchers from agriculture, medicine, pharmacy, basic science, and engineering. The main goal of BIO5 is to find bold solutions to complex, biology-based challenges affecting humanity.

Environmental Virology Cell Culture Laboratory: The Environmental Virology/Cell Culture Lab does research on cell culture support and analyzes viruses in environmental samples. 

Environmental Microbiology Group/Maier Lab: The Environmental Microbiology Group focuses on understanding the role of microorganisms in the environment and exploring the application of microorganisms and their products to benefit human health, the environment, and industry.

Rich Lab Soil, Water and Environmental Science Microbial Ecology Lab: The Rich Lab, also known as SWES-MEL, does research on microorganisms and their impact on biogeochemistry and global change. 

Yuma Agricultural Center: The YAC has two research facilities, one in Yuma and another in Mesa. These facilities include about 200-300 acres of farmland for a diversified range of crops, including cotton, grains, and vegetables. The YAC focuses on research in plant physiology, crop production, insect biology, food safety and several other topics.

Undergraduate Biology Research Program: UBRP is a research program that enhances undergraduate education by partnering students with research opportunities to participate in mentored, self-directed work. Student projects are associated with biology-related fields that involve inquiry, design, investigation, research, scholarship, discovery, and the presentation of experimental results. 

Research Themes: 
Climate and Adaptation
Food Systems and Security
Natural Environment and Biodiversity
Public Health
Science Engagement
Water